Prosecutor announces ArriveSafe Program for Independence Day Weekend


DAYTON — Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. announced today that with support from Heidelberg Distributing Company and AAA Miami Valley, his ArriveSafe program will be offering free cab rides home for Montgomery County residents this Independence Day weekend.

Since Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. started ArriveSafe in December 2007, ArriveSafe has provided nearly 4,500 free cabs rides for Montgomery County residents, at no cost to taxpayers. Prosecutor Heck said, “Every single alcohol-related traffic crash and fatality is completely avoidable if the driver simply makes the responsible choice to not get behind the wheel after drinking.”

Last year in Ohio over the July 4th holiday weekend, there were 2,256 traffic crashes that killed 12 people. Half of those deaths were alcohol-related. Nearly 30 percent of all fatal traffic crashes statewide last year were alcohol-related, taking 297 lives.

ArriveSafe will be offering free cab rides home for Montgomery County residents from noon Friday, July 3 through 6 a.m. Sunday, July 5.

Prosecutor Heck said, “Make a responsible choice – have a designated, sober driver or call ArriveSafe at 449-9999 and request a free ride home. We will pay the cab fare up to $50. The life you save may be your own!”